rsssmb http://www.idc.com/rss/2810.do IDC RSS alerts US House of Representatives Votes to Repeal FCC Privacy Rules http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=lcUS42427617 <P>The US House of Representatives has voted to repeal privacy rules that would have prohibited Internet service providers from selling or sharing consumer data with consent. The rules had not yet been enacted, but the repeal illustrates the current administration's policy stance and indicates that further changes may be coming soon.</P> IDC Link Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Jason Blackwell Western Europe SMB Confidence Outlook: October-December 2016 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=EMEA41352917 <P>This IDC Market Perspective examines the state of Western European small and medium-sized businesses in 4Q16, with a focus on the current economic situation and the level of their business confidence expectations. The analysis focuses on the top 5 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.</P><P>"Technology innovation is taking place, and the most important thing is to design a strategy to target the SMB segment better. Digital transformation, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the introduction of robotics and cognitive systems are creating new channels of investment directed to SMBs," said Carla La Croce, research analyst, IDC Customer Insight and Analysis.</P> Market Perspective Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Carla La Croce, Giacomo Laurini Western Europe Mobile Worker Forecast, 2016-2021 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=EMEA42358317 <P>This IDC study forecasts the Western European mobile worker population by segment and analyzes trends and drivers in mobile adoption. It includes home-based workers, office-based mobile workers, and non-office-based mobile workers. This document contains projected data for 2016–2021.</P><P>"Mobility is taking a leading position in the enterprise space, with a rise in the availability of advanced mobile connectivity, mobile storage for non-office based employees, and enhanced mobile security around software, applications, and content in addition to mobile devices. Thus, the market will experience higher levels of mobility among office-based and home-based workers," said Rosie Secchi, research manager, IDC European Enterprise Mobility.</P> Market Forecast Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rosie Secchi Japan Telework-Related Software Forecast, 2016−2020 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPE41918717 <P>This IDC study, which is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ41918616">JPJ41918616</A></B>, presents the performance of the Japan telework-related software market in 2015 and the forecast from 2016 to 2020. IDC estimates and forecasts the teleworker population and provides a forecast for the related software market accordingly. Because of a flat growth of the teleworker population and a steady growth of the software market in 2015, the telework-related software also grew steadily. "It is important for IT suppliers to strengthen the marketing of teleworking by showing numerical data of the implementation effects, actively provide trial software and services, and propose security solutions for teleworking systems," says Takashi Manabe, group director, IDC Japan.</P> Market Forecast Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Takashi Manabe Ready or Not! SMBs Take Digital Transformation to the Next Level http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=DR2017_BS1_RB_CC <P>These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2017.</P> Conference Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs What Is the State of U.S. SMB Cloud Adoption? http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=US42328017 <P>This IDC Survey Spotlight provides a snapshot of cloud adoption among U.S. SMB customers. Total SMB cloud consumption (defined as running at least one cloud service managed directly or indirectly by IT) is highlighted for 2017, along with a comparison between 2015 and 2017 of the average number of both on-premises and cloud-based apps.</P><P>IDC defines SMB as firms with 1–999 employees. IDC defines small business as firms with 1–99 employees and midmarket as firms with 100–999 employees. The data on slide 1 is from IDC's 2015 and 2017 <I>SMB ITDM </I><I>S</I><I>urveys</I>.</P> IDC Survey Spotlight Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Christopher Chute Japan Small and Medium-Sized Business Markets Business Case Study of IT Usage by Advanced Companies 2016 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPE40929416 <P>This IDC study focuses on and analyzes progressive companies that are actively using IT among small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It uses data from the <I>IT Spending Trend Survey</I> carried out in September 2016 to compare the expectations and issues concerning IT use in SMBs that have undertaken strategic IT use policies with those that have yet to consider doing so, while analyzing the state of deployment and consideration of solutions that IDC expects to see increased future use, including the cloud, Big Data, and the IoT. Finally, the study examines the expansion policies of SMBs in terms of IT use.</P><P>Among SMBs in Japan, companies that are undertaking strategic IT use are making progress in deploying 3rd Platform technologies such as the cloud, while proactively employing their IT systems. At the same time, companies that are not yet considering strategic IT use policies are often keeping their IT systems down to a bare minimum. In order to expand their businesses in the Japan SMB market, vendors must assist in IT deployment for those companies that are using IT strategically, while simultaneously developing proactive strategies for promoting IT use to companies that have yet to consider strategic IT use policies. Therefore, Hitoshi Ichimura, IDC Japan's IT Spending Group research manager, says, "vendors need to offer proposals to both types of user companies such that they are intensifying their support in terms of IT human resources and know-how to SMBs that are undertaking strategic IT use, and emphasizing solutions that meet the needs of internal corporate systems and that solve the problem of labor shortages to SMBs that have yet to consider strategic IT use policies."</P><P>This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ40603016">JPJ40603016</A></B> and is summarized to reduce the gap in time since the original version was published.</P><P>All of the following sections are, however, fully translated:</P><UL><LI>IDC Opinion</LI><LI>Methodology</LI><LI>Definition</LI><LI>Past Data Revision</LI><LI>Executive Summary</LI><LI>Essential Guidance</LI><LI>Synopsis</LI></UL> Industry Development and Models Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Hitoshi Ichimura, Yayoi Hirose, Naoko Iwamoto Japan Small and Medium-Sized Business Markets Forecast Update by Vertical Segment, 2016−2020 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPE40929716 <P>This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ40603716">JPJ40603716</A></B> that presents the performance of the Japan small and medium-sized business (SMB) IT market in 2015 and the market forecasts for 2016–2020 by company size, product, and industry, based on the latest economic situation and product information gathered from vendor surveys up to September 2016. Because of the impact of the Japan economy, IDC forecasts growth in the Japan SMB IT market to be essentially flat from 2016 to 2017. IDC expects growth expansion from 2018 onward with the upgrading of existing systems or PC replacement demand playing a central role, but anticipates that the portion of companies that expand their IT spending with strategic goals to remain very small. "In order for steady expansion to continue in the Japan SMB IT market in the medium to long term, IT suppliers should make companies that are doubtful of the strategic use of IT recognize the effectiveness of IT utilization. IT suppliers should actively propose solutions that allow user companies to actually experience the benefits of IT utilization, such as solutions that seek improvements in business efficiency and resolve manpower shortage," says Hitoshi Ichimura, research manager, IT Spending, IDC Japan.</P> Market Forecast Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Hitoshi Ichimura Japan Small and Medium-Sized Business Markets Forecast Update by Region, 2016−2020 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPE40929616 <P>This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ40603616">JPJ40603616</A></B>, that presents the Japan small and medium-sized business (SMB) IT market performance in 2015 and market size forecast from 2016 to 2020 by region and cities after taking into consideration product information based on the vendor survey until September 2016 and the latest economic situation. In 2016, the Japan SMB IT market is expected to grow flat because of the Japan economy. Nevertheless, growth in Tokyo and Kinki regions is expected to be strong. From 2017 onward, IDC expects the market to be polarized with metropolitan areas, such as Kanto (excluding Tokyo), Tokyo, Tokai, and Kinki regions, maintaining positive growth; while recovery will be delayed in other regions.</P><P>"In order to increase IT spending in SMBs in regions other than metropolitan areas, it is vital for IT suppliers to collaborate with local governments and regional financial institutions to actively promote 'rural creation' initiatives," says Hitoshi Ichimura, IT Spending research manager, IDC Japan.</P> Market Forecast Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Hitoshi Ichimura Japan Telework-Related Software Market Overview 2016 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPE40933016 <P>The IDC study aims to contribute to the development of the telework market that consists of vendors that supply products, telecommunications carriers, and systems integrators (SIs). This report defines the Japan telework-related software market, conducts a survey of telework usage trends among user companies, and performs forecasts of the Japan teleworking population and telework-related software market.</P><P>Takashi Manabe, group director of IDC Japan's Software and Security Group, says that "to maintain growth in the Japan telework-related market, it will be crucial for vendors and systems integrators to emphasize the promotion of actual efficiency numbers showcasing companies that have implemented teleworking, to more actively provide trial products such as software and services for use in teleworking, and to propose security solutions for use in teleworking systems."</P><P>This IDC study is a translation of the Japanese document IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=JPJ40607716">JPJ40607716</A></B> and is summarized to reduce the gap in time since the original version was published.</P><P>All of the following sections are, however, fully translated:</P><UL><LI>IDC Opinion</LI><LI>Methodology</LI><LI>Definition</LI><LI>Past Data Revision</LI><LI>Executive Summary</LI><LI>Essential Guidance</LI><LI>Synopsis</LI></UL> Industry Development and Models Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Takashi Manabe